Simple Product is the most basic product type and the building block for the complex product types. It is suitable for all kinds of physical (shipped) products. Each simple product is associated with a unique SKU and inventory level.
Creating Simple Product
To create a simple product in Store Manager for Magento click the [Add Product] button or select "Add Product" with right-click. In the following window you can select an attribute set for a current product that will be used during creation of configurable products and other product types. You can choose one of the existing attribute sets or you can create a new attribute set.
Create Simple Product
On the next step, you need to fill up the product detail view. To see detailed instructions on how to manage your simple product data, visit Edit Product. First of all, you need to select a necessary store view for a current simple product. Before you create a multi-view store, consider what prices and other product attribute you want to use in each store view. If you design a store with one view per language, you will normally want to use the same products for all languages (e.g. in all store views). It allows you to use the same basic product information (e.g. SKU, price, inventory level etc) regardless of language, and just have the text translated into selected languages. If you want to use a totally different price structure for different target groups, you must create unique products for each view, with unique SKUs, and have one store view per customer group you’re selling to.
As you can see, there are few tabs in the "Edit product" window. Each of them is a separate attribute set, you've created before.
After filling all necessary fields, you can finish this part of creating a simple product by clicking the [OK] button on the top of the form.
Magento shopping cart requires three images per product - a base image, a small image, and a thumbnail. You need to select an appropriate image for each required image type.
All the images will be displayed under "mage Galery" below the product grid and you can see them on the product page of your site, unless you choose to Exclude it.
Tier pricing is a promotional tool that allows you to price items differently for higher quantities. This is an effective way to increase sales. For example, you sell office supplies and you want to create a promotion where the customers who buy three boxes of printer paper get lower prices comparing to those who buy only one box.
Inventory management is largely controlled by settings in the "Inventory" tab in Store Manager for Magento.
You should specify the following:
- If you set "Yes" in the "Manage Stock" field of teh "Inventory" tab, Store Manager for Magento will keep track of your inventory by automatically maintaining the quantity of each product in stock.
- In the "Qty" field enter the exact current quantity of a product in stock, or the maximum value for this product in your stock if you don’t keep track of the inventory.
- Use the "Minimum Qty for Item’s Status to be Out of Stock" setting to define when the product enters an "Out of Stock" status and can no longer be ordered. If you sell the same products both online and in a regular store, you may want to set a certain threshold where online orders are no longer accepted even if you still have a minimal quantity in stock.
- "Minimum Qty Allowed" and "Maximum Qty Allowed" in Store Manager for Magento prevents customers from ordering less than a designated minimum quantity, or more than a maximum quantity.
- The "Qty Uses Decimals" setting determines whether decimals can be used in the quantity field of the product (e.g. “3.5 yards”) or not.
- "Notify for Quantity Below". Store Manager for Magento only reflects this value. You can set it up in your Magento admin.
- The "Stock Availability" setting shows you whether Store Manager for Magento takes into account the product quantity in stock. If the Qty value is higher than the "Minimum Qty for Item’s Status to be Out of Stock", you should ensure that "Stock Availability" is set to “In Stock”.
Note: Make sure that you click the [Post] button to apply your changes.
If you’re managing multiple websites, you can select which of your websites this product belongs to by associating it to certain websites. Cchoose the websites you want the product to be available from.
You need to select what categories this product will belong to.
Note: Make sure that you click the [Post] button to apply your changes.
Related products are products that a customer may want to buy, as well as, the product they are viewing. These products will appear by default on the products page, with a checkox to add them to the cart.
The "Related Products" tab contains a product list, where you can select products from your store you wish to be related to the product being edited.
Upsells is a marketing practice of suggesting higher priced products or services to a customer who is considering a purchase. In order to use this option, go to the "Upsells" tab and select products from your store you want to be offered along with the editing product. A link to the upgraded products page will be shown by default on the current products page.
Cross-sells refer to a practice of suggesting additional products or services to a customer who is considering buying something. Cross-selling is similar to related products but in this case, the products appear only on the customers cart. A special button in your Magento admin allows customers to add a cross-selling product to their cart. To set this option go to the "Cross-sells" tab and select the products you want to cross-sell with the editing product from the product list.
You can see a list of all product reviews that have been added to this product in Store manager for Magento.
Here, you can see all tags of the product and how many times each tag has been used.
You can create a new tag for a customer:
You can do the same for an administrator:
Customers Tagged Product
The "Customers Tagged Product" tab shows you a list of individual customers who have tagged this product, including information about their first and last names, emails, and tags used.
"Custom Options" enables a Store Manager customer to add new options to the product before adding it to the shopping cart. It allows to increase the product price or to gather extra information from the customer such as a product length, a name to engrave or an image to print on it. Custom options are similar to attributes but they must be filled in by a customer rather than an admin.
There are the following information on this tab:
- "Title" - the title of an option.
- "Input Type". The type of field to display.
- "Is Required". "Yes" means that a customer will have to complete this field before adding option to the cart.
- "Sort Order". The order in which an item will be displayed in the custom options group.
Note: Once you have added a new option, you may want to charge the higher price for it.
- "Price" - a price change for selecting this option.
- "Price Type" - a fixed price type allows you to add or subtract a certain value from the total price. For example, a percentage price type will allow you to add or subtract a certain amount of percentages from the product _base_ price (other options will not be included in this calculation).
- "SKU". This code will be added to the product SKU with a dash.
- "Max Characters". For text fields only, the limit to the number of characters a customer can enter .
You can also perform the import/export custom options by using the appropriate tool in the top toolbar: